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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742281/structured-identification-of-response-options-to-address-environmental-health-risks-at-the-agbogbloshie-electronic-waste-site
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Danielle Cazabon, Julius N Fobil, George Essegbey, Niladri Basu
Electronic waste (E-waste) is a growing problem across low- and middle-income countries. Agbogbloshie (Accra, Ghana) is among the world's largest and most notorious e-waste sites, with an increasing number of studies documenting a range of environmental health risks. This study aimed to provide national, regional, and international stakeholders with a summary of expert opinion on the most pressing problems arising from e-waste activities at Agbogbloshie, as well as suggested solutions to address these problems...
July 25, 2017: Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738424/use-of-high-throughput-in-vitro-toxicity-screening-data-in-cancer-hazard-evaluations-by-iarc-monograph-working-groups
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Weihsueh A Chiu, Kathryn Z Guyton, Matthew T Martin, David M Reif, Ivan Rusyn
Evidence regarding carcinogenic mechanisms serves a critical role in International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Monograph evaluations. Three recent IARC Working Groups pioneered inclusion of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ToxCast program high-throughput screening (HTS) data to supplement other mechanistic evidence. In Monograph V110, HTS profiles were compared between perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and prototypical activators across multiple nuclear receptors. For Monograph V112 -113, HTS assays were mapped to 10 key characteristics of carcinogens identified by an IARC expert group, and systematically considered as an additional mechanistic data stream...
July 24, 2017: ALTEX
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735258/risk-of-rehospitalisation-and-death-for-vulnerable-new-zealand-children
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Jane Oliver, Tim Foster, Amanda Kvalsvig, Deborah A Williamson, Michael G Baker, Nevil Pierse
OBJECTIVES: There is considerable need to improve the effectiveness of healthcare to reduce morbidity and mortality. Child hospitalisations are influenced by determinants of health, including the home environment. Our aims were: (1) To investigate whether children hospitalised with potentially avoidable conditions thought to be associated with the home have an increased risk of rehospitalisation and death, (2) To investigate whether children hospitalised with particular subgroups of potentially avoidable conditions have an increased risk of rehospitalisation and death, (3) To assess the usefulness of these subgroups for identifying at-risk children...
July 22, 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734216/releasing-of-hexabromocyclododecanes-from-expanded-polystyrenes-in-seawater-field-and-laboratory-experiments
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Manviri Rani, Won Joon Shim, Mi Jang, Gi Myung Han, Sang Hee Hong
Expanded polystyrene (EPS) is a major component of marine debris globally. Recently, hazardous hexabromocyclododecanes (HBCDDs) were detected in EPS buoys used for aquaculture farming. Subsequently, enrichment of HBCDDs was found in nearby marine sediments and mussels growing on EPS buoys. It was suspected that EPS buoys and their debris might be sources of HBCDDs. To confirm this, the release of HBCDDs from EPS spherules detached from a buoy to seawater was investigated under field (open sea surface and closed outdoor chambers with sun exposure and in the dark) and laboratory (particle-size) conditions...
July 11, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732982/sonochemical-green-reduction-to-prepare-ag-nanoparticles-decorated-graphene-sheets-for-catalytic-performance-and-antibacterial-application
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Sayan Ganguly, Poushali Das, Madhuparna Bose, Tushar Kanti Das, Subhadip Mondal, Amit Kumar Das, Narayan C Das
The emerging popularity and wide acceptance of green chemistry and environmentally benign/ecofriendly approaches have comprehensively considered for catalyst synthesis methods. Natural resource derived carbogenic quantum dots has been used in assistance with ultrasonic shock wave to graphene oxide (GO) aqueous dispersion in order to prepare reduced graphene oxide decorated with silver nanoparticles following the 'top-down' method. The total reduction process is done without using any toxic external reducing agents and any surfactants or stabilizers, thus it can be accepted as green method...
November 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732295/determination-of-54-pesticides-in-waters-of-the-iberian-douro-river-estuary-and-risk-assessment-of-environmentally-relevant-mixtures-using-theoretical-approaches-and-artemia-salina-and-daphnia-magna-bioassays
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Catarina Cruzeiro, Sofia Amaral, Eduardo Rocha, Maria João Rocha
As a case study, the estuary of the international Douro River (Iberian Peninsula) was sampled over a year (2010) at six sampling sites to determine the presence of 56 pesticides of different categories (insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides). 96% of measured pesticides were detected in 79% of the quantified samples. Individual average pesticide concentrations ranged from 39 to 1 265ng/L, indicating a ubiquitous presence of the selected compounds; moreover, twelve pesticides were above the 2013/39/EU Directive limits...
July 18, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729132/meclas-an-online-tool-for-hazard-identification-and-classification-of-complex-inorganic-metal-containing-materials
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Frederik Verdonck, Hugo Waeterschoot, Patrick Van Sprang, Isabelle Vercaigne, Katrien Delbeke, Chretien Simons, Violaine Verougstraete
MeClas is a web-based tool to generate (eco)toxicity hazard categories and corresponding classification & labelling information of inorganic metal-containing complex materials such as ores, concentrates, intermediates or alloys for which the manual application of the GHS/CLP rules is very complex and requires a high level of consistency. The tool comprises several tiers, aimed at the progressive refinement of classification through recognition of specific mineral content, speciation/mineralogy up to bio-availability corrections...
July 17, 2017: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728971/a-multi-objective-optimization-approach-for-the-selection-of-working-fluids-of-geothermal-facilities-economic-environmental-and-social-aspects
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Juan Martínez-Gomez, Javier Peña-Lamas, Mariano Martín, José María Ponce-Ortega
The selection of the working fluid for Organic Rankine Cycles has traditionally been addressed from systematic heuristic methods, which perform a characterization and prior selection considering mainly one objective, thus avoiding a selection considering simultaneously the objectives related to sustainability and safety. The objective of this work is to propose a methodology for the optimal selection of the working fluid for Organic Rankine Cycles. The model is presented as a multi-objective approach, which simultaneously considers the economic, environmental and safety aspects...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728134/serum-vitamin-d-and-risk-of-breast-cancer-within-five-years
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Katie M O'Brien, Dale P Sandler, Jack A Taylor, Clarice R Weinberg
BACKGROUND: Vitamin D is an environmental and dietary agent with known anticarcinogenic effects, but protection against breast cancer has not been established. OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the association between baseline serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] levels, supplemental vitamin D use, and breast cancer incidence over the subsequent 5 y of follow-up. METHODS: From 2003-2009, the Sister Study enrolled 50,884 U.S. women 35-74 y old who had a sister with breast cancer but had never had breast cancer themselves...
July 6, 2017: Environmental Health Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728119/nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-mediated-inflammation-correlates-with-calcium-overload-under-arsenic-trioxide-induced-myocardial-damage-in-gallus-gallus
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Siwen Li, Yu Wang, Hongjing Zhao, Ying He, Jinglun Li, Guangshun Jiang, Mingwei Xing
Arsenic is a known environmental pollutant and highly hazardous toxin to human health. Due to the biological accumulation, arsenic produces a variety of cardiovascular diseases. However, the exact mechanism is still unclear. Here, our objective was to evaluate myocardial damage and determine the potential mechanism under arsenic exposure in chickens. Arsenic trioxide (As2O3) (1.25 mg/kg BW, corresponding 15 mg/kg feed) was administered as basal diet to male Hy-line chickens (one-day-old) for 4, 8 and 12 weeks...
July 14, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728110/development-of-a-bioanalytical-test-battery-for-water-quality-monitoring-fingerprinting-identified-micropollutants-and-their-contribution-to-effects-in-surface-water
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Peta A Neale, Rolf Altenburger, Selim Aït-Aïssa, François Brion, Wibke Busch, Gisela de Aragão Umbuzeiro, Michael S Denison, David Du Pasquier, Klára Hilscherová, Henner Hollert, Daniel A Morales, Jiří Novák, Rita Schlichting, Thomas-Benjamin Seiler, Helene Serra, Ying Shao, Andrew J Tindall, Knut Erik Tollefsen, Timothy D Williams, Beate I Escher
Surface waters can contain a diverse range of organic pollutants, including pesticides, pharmaceuticals and industrial compounds. While bioassays have been used for water quality monitoring, there is limited knowledge regarding the effects of individual micropollutants and their relationship to the overall mixture effect in water samples. In this study, a battery of in vitro bioassays based on human and fish cell lines and whole organism assays using bacteria, algae, daphnids and fish embryos was assembled for use in water quality monitoring...
July 9, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728048/accumulation-and-detoxification-dynamics-of-chromium-and-antioxidant-responses-in-juvenile-rare-minnow-gobiocypris-rarus
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Cong Yuan, Meng Li, Yao Zheng, Ying Zhou, Feili Wu, Zaizhao Wang
Hexavalent chromium (Cr(6+)) compounds are hazardous via all exposure routes. To explore the dynamics of Cr accumulation and elimination and to reveal the mechanisms underlying detoxification and antioxidation in juvenile Gobiocypris rarus, one-month old G. rarus larvae were exposed to 0.1mgL(-1) Cr(6+) for four weeks for accumulation and subsequently placed to clean water for another week for depuration. The contents of Cr were measured weekly in the whole body of G. rarus juveniles. The activities of catalase (CAT), glutathione peroxidase (GPx), superoxide dismutase (SOD), glutathione S-transferase (GST) and glutathione reductase (GR), and contents of glutathione (GSH) and malonaldehyde (MDA), and transcripts of cat, Cu/Zn-sod, Mn-sod, gpx1, gstpi, gr, mt1, nrf2 and uba52 were determined...
July 11, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727153/month-of-birth-is-associated-with-the-subsequent-diagnosis-of-autoimmune-hypothyroidism-a-nationwide-danish-register-based-study
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Marianne Thvilum, Frans Brandt, Thomas Heiberg Brix, Laszlo Hegedüs
BACKGROUND: The triggering of thyroid autoimmunity in the genetically susceptible remains a conundrum. Environmental exposures during gestation and/or early postnatally have proponents, as suggested in diabetes mellitus, with a higher incidence of births during spring and summer. Whether the development of autoimmune hypothyroidism (AIT) is influenced by month or season of birth is less clear. METHOD: Nationwide cohort study of 111,565 individuals diagnosed with AIT and four euthyroid controls per case, matched according to age and sex, were identified from Danish health registers...
July 20, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724453/decrease-in-vancomycin-resistant-enterococcus-colonization-after-extensive-renovation-of-a-unit-dedicated-to-the-treatment-of-hematologic-malignancies-and-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation
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Clyde D Ford, Michaela A Gazdik Stofer, Jana Coombs, Bert K Lopansri, Brandon J Webb, Gabriela Motyckova, Finn Bo Petersen
OBJECTIVE While a direct relation between hospital construction and concomitant infection rates has been clearly established, few data are available regarding the environmental decontamination effects of renovation in which surfaces are replaced and regarding subsequent infection incidence. DESIGN Retrospective clinical study with vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE) molecular strain typing and environmental cultures. SETTING A regional referral center for acute leukemia and hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation...
July 20, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723138/hand-held-femtogram-detection-of-hazardous-picric-acid-with-hydrophobic-ag-nanopillar-sers-substrates-and-mechanism-of-elasto-capillarity
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Aron Hakonen, FengChao Wang, Per Ola Andersson, Håkan Wingfors, Tomas Rindzevicius, Michael Stenbæk Schmidt, Venugopal Rao Soma, Shicai Xu, YingQi Li, Anja Boisen, HengAn Wu
Picric acid (PA) is a severe environmental and security risk due to its unstable, toxic, and explosive properties. It is also challenging to detect in trace amounts and in situ because of its highly acidic and anionic character. Here, we assess sensing of PA under nonlaboratory conditions using surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) silver nanopillar substrates and hand-held Raman spectroscopy equipment. The advancing elasto-capillarity effects are explained by molecular dynamics simulations. We obtain a SERS PA detection limit on the order of 20 ppt, corresponding attomole amounts, which together with the simple analysis methodology demonstrates that the presented approach is highly competitive for ultrasensitive analysis in the field...
February 24, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721589/recent-developments-in-polyfluoroalkyl-compounds-research-a-focus-on-human-environmental-health-impact-suggested-substitutes-and-removal-strategies
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John Baptist Nzukizi Mudumbi, Seteno Karabo Obed Ntwampe, Tandi Matsha, Lukhanyo Mekuto, Elie Fereche Itoba-Tombo
Between the late 1940s and early 1950s, humans manufactured polyfluoroalkyl compounds (PFCs) using electrochemical fluorination and telomerisation technologies, whereby hydrogen atoms are substituted by fluorine atoms, thus conferring unnatural and unique physicochemical properties to these compounds. Presently, there are wide ranges of PFCs, and owing to their bioaccumulative properties, they have been detected in various environmental matrices and in human sera. It has thus been suggested that they are hazardous...
August 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719193/relationships-between-atmospheric-transport-regimes-and-pcb-concentrations-in-air-at-zeppelin-spitsbergen
#17
Sandy Ubl, Martin Scheringer, Konrad Hungerbühler
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are persistent hazardous chemicals that are still detected in the atmosphere and other environmental media although their production has been banned for several decades. At the long-term monitoring site, Zeppelin at Spitsbergen, different PCB congeners have been continuously measured for more than a decade. However, it is not clear what factors determine the seasonal and inter-annual variability of different (lighter vs. heavier) PCB congeners. To investigate the influence of atmospheric transport patterns on PCB-28 and PCB-101 concentrations at Zeppelin, we applied the Lagrangian Particle Dispersion Model FLEXPART and calculated "footprints'' that indicate the potential source regions of air arriving at Zeppelin...
July 18, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717249/spectral-characteristics-of-cotton-seeds-treated-by-a-dielectric-barrier-discharge-plasma
#18
Xing-Quan Wang, Ren-Wu Zhou, Gerard de Groot, Kateryna Bazaka, Anthony B Murphy, Kostya Ken Ostrikov
Cold atmospheric plasma has recently emerged as a simple, low-cost and efficient physical method for inducing significant biological responses in seeds and plants without the use of traditional, potentially environmentally-hazardous chemicals, fungicides or hormones. While the beneficial effects of plasma treatment on seed germination, disease resistance and agricultural output have been reported, the mechanisms that underpin the observed biological responses are yet to be fully described. This study employs Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and emission spectroscopy to capture chemical interactions between plasmas and seed surfaces with the aim to provide a more comprehensive account of plasma-seed interactions...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715748/fabrication-uniform-hollow-bi2s3-nanospheres-via-kirkendall-effect-for-photocatalytic-reduction-of-cr-vi-in-electroplating-industry-wastewater
#19
Sheng Luo, Fan Qin, Yin'an Ming, Huiping Zhao, Yunling Liu, Rong Chen
Hazardous hexavalent chromium removal from wastewater is an urgent issue in industry environmental pollution. In this work, hollow Bi2S3 nanospheres have been successfully synthesized from unique Bi2O3 porous nanospheres via Kirkendall effect through hydrothermal process. It was found that the sulfur source and the initial Bi2O3 templates played key roles in the formation of the uniform morphologies and structures through an anion exchange process. Compared with other Bi2S3 samples, the synthesized hollow Bi2S3 nanospheres exhibited much enhanced photocatalytic ability for Cr(VI) photoreduction...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715679/a-parametric-study-on-hydraulic-conductivity-and-self-healing-properties-of-geotextile-clay-liners-used-in-landfills
#20
Fatemeh Parastar, Sayyed Mahdi Hejazi, Mohammad Sheikhzadeh, Azam Alirezazadeh
Nowadays, the raise of excessive generation of solid wastes is considered as a major environmental concern due to the fast global population growth. The contamination of groundwater from landfill leachate compromises every living creature. Geotextile clay liner (GCL) that has a sandwich structure with two fibrous sheets and a clay core can be considered as an engineered solution to prevent hazardous pollutants from entering into groundwater. The main objective of the present study is therefore to enhance the performance of GCL structures...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
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